Japanese Music Artists Performing Overseas in 2019: Part 1

19.January.2019 | FEATURES / MUSIC

As we make headway into the new year, information on Japanese artists performing outside of Japan continues to roll out. This first article covers Japanese artists set to perform concerts overseas in the first half of 2019.

・Perfume

The global popularity of multi-platinum electro J-pop group Perfume is clear for all to see, with their latest album Future Pop released back in August charting in at No.1 in 20 countries across the world. And now, international fans in the US and Asia will be excited to hear that the trio are set to hit a city near them in March and April this year.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/138536

 

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Perfume WORLD TOUR 4th “FUTURE POP”

2019/3/2 @ NTU Sports Center / Taipei, TAIWAN https://ntusportscenter.ntu.edu.tw/#/

2019/3/30 @ HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM / New York, NY http://www.mcstudios.com

2019/4/2 @ QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE / Toronto, ON https://queenelizabeththeatre.ca/

2019/4/5 @ CHICAGO THEATRE / Chicago, IL  http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/

2019/4/7 @ THE BOMB FACTORY / Dallas, TX  https://thebombfactory.com

2019/4/10 @ PARAMOUNT THEATRE / Seattle, WA http://www.paramounttheatreseattle.org/

2019/4/17 @ CITY NATIONAL CIVIC / San Jose, CA  https://sanjosetheaters.org

2019/4/19 @ ACE THEATRE / Los Angeles, CA  https://www.acehotel.com/losangeles/theatre

*Details for Shanghai concert TBA.
*All dates are local time.

 

Tour Website: http://www.perfume-web.jp/cam/FUTUREPOP/world/

Perfume Global Website: https://perfume-global.com/

 

・SID

SID announced at their 15th anniversary tour Ichiban Suki na Basho 2018 that they are set to perform four dates in Asia.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/144270

 

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SID 15th Anniversary ASIA TOUR “THE PLACE WHERE WE LOVE MOST 2019”

2019/2/15 @ Legacy Taipei, Taipei

2019/2/20 @ MacPherson Stadium, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong

2019/2/22 @ BANDAI NAMCO SHANGHAI BASE DREAM HALL, Shanghai

2019/2/24 @ Tango Live House, Beijing

 

SID Official Website: https://sid-web.info

 

 

・Kenshi Yonezu

Kenshi Yonezu took the charts by storm in 2018 breaking many records with a string of singles. While riding this wave of success, it has been announced that Yonezu will embark on his first ever arena tour which begins today on January 19. Two dates in Shanghai and Taipei have been added to the tour.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/158468

 

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Kenshi Yonezu When The Spine Becomes Opal

2019/3/19 @ Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai

2019/3/30 @ National Taiwan University Sports Center, Taipei

 

Kenshi Yonezu Official Weibo: https://www.weibo.com/u/6888753808?is_hot=1

Kenshi Yonezu Official Website: http://reissuerecords.net/

 

・Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, and what better way to kick off it off than performing at Lollapalooza Chilie in March. Before they do however they will first perform at PA’L NORTE 2019, a 2-day music and art festival in Monterrey, Mexico. They are part of a line-up consisting of big names such as Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Santana.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/146658

 

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Lollapalooza Chile

Location: O’Higgins Park, Chile

Date: March 29, 2019 – March 31, 2019

Event Page: https://www.lollapaloozacl.com/

 

PA’L NORTE 2019

Location: Monterrey, Mexico

Date: March 22, 2019 – March 23, 2019

Event Page:https://www.palnorte.com.mx/

 

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Official Website: https://www.tokyoska.net/

 

・Taichi Mukai

Taichi Mukai is in the midst of his 2018-2019 “Pure Tour” to promote his newest album PURE. The artist is gaining much attention not just in Japan but across Asia too. Mukai is set to perform in Asia for the first time beginning on March 22.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/155274

 

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ASIA TOUR 2019

2019/3/22 @ THE WALL TAIPEI, Taiwan

2019/3/24 @ Megaport Festival, Taiwan

2019/3/29 @ Jiangjinjiu, Beijing

2019/3/30 @ HOULIVE, Shenzen

2019/3/31/ @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

2019/4/6 @ HANATOUR V-Hall, South Korea

 

Taichi Mukai Official Website: http://taichimukai.com/

 

・HYDE

HYDE started his solo music career up again last year and has various planned for 2019. He performed at L’Arc-en-Ciel’s 2018 Christmas live show “L’ArChristmas” and will embark on an Asia tour in March.

 

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ーHYDE WORLD TOUR 2019 ASIAー

2019/3/27 @ Shanghai

2019/3/29 @ Beijing

2019/3/31 @ Chengdu

2019/4/2 @ Hong Kong

2019/4/4 @ Taipei

*Ticket details TBA.

HYDE Official Website: https://www.hyde.com

 

・GARNiDELiA

GARNiDELiA released Kyoki Ranbu on September 26 this year, an album compiling every song from their internationally acclaimed online dance series including their hit song Gokuraku Jodo. The pop rock duo have announced that they will embark on their biggest Asia tour to date including shows in Hong Kong and Singapore.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/150236

 

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stellacage Asia Tour 2019 “Kyoki Ranbu”
2019/3/21 @ Mynavi BLITZ Akasaka, Tokyo
2019/3/30 @ MacPherson Stadium, Hong Kong
2019/4/13 @ Zepp@BIGBOX, Singapore
2019/6/23 @ PENNY LANE 24, Hokkaido
2019/6/30 @ Namba Hatch, Osaka
2019/7/7 @ Diamond Hall, Aichi
2019/7/27 @ DRUM LOGOS, Fukuoka

 

GARNiDELiA Official Website: http://www.garnidelia.com/

 

・Wednesday Campanella

Wednesday Campanella is no stranger to performing solo concerts and at festivals outside Japan. The next place to be graced by KOM_I’s incredible performance is Barcelona for the Primavera Sound music festival.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/150817

 

 

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Primavera Sound
Running: May 30, 2019 – June 1, 2019 (Wednesday Campanella to perform on May 31)
Event Website: https://www.primaverasound.com/

Wednesday Campanella Official Website: http://www.wed-camp.com/

 

To all lovers of J-pop, J-rock and any kind of Japanese artist or band living outside Japan – if an artist is coming to a place near you, show your support and don’t miss the opportunity to see them live.

 

Writer: Heir

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    TK from Ling Tosite Sigure

    TK from Ling Tosite Sigure has received huge international attention for his collaborations with Tokyo Ghoul which have been enjoyed by countless non-Japanese fans on music streaming services. This includes unravel which was used as Tokyo Ghoul’s first opening theme, and katharsis, the second opening theme for season two of Tokyo Ghoul:re. The singer is set to take his ‘katharsis Tour’ to Asia this April.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/183546

     

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    Tour 2019 in Asia

    2019/4/5 @ CLAPPER STUDIO, Taipei

    2019/4/7 @ Music Zone@E-Max, Hong Kong

    2019/4/9 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

    Enquiries: info@free-planet.net (Japanese/Chinese/English)

     

    TK from Ling Tosite Sigure Official Website: http://tkofficial.jp/

     

    Kana Hanazawa

    Kana Hanazawa is lauded for her immense work in voice acting. She is also hugely successful as an artist and singer.

    Hanazawa is set to become the first Japanese female solo artist to perform at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on April 14, 2019. She boasts overwhelming popularity in China for her work in anime as well as her hit songs. Her Chinese fans’ dreams are about to be realised as she performs for them a long-awaited show.

     

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    KANA HANAZAWA Concert 2019 in SHANGHAI

    Date: April 14, 2019

    Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai

     

    Kana Hanazawa Official Website: http://www.hanazawakana-music.net/

     

     

    Radwimps

    RADWIMPS dropped their recent album ANTI ANTI GENERATION in December last year and recently announced a live tour which includes their first ever solo stadium show. The band are also set to perform two dates at the 2019 Strawberry Music Festival in China.

     

    ◼︎Information

    2019 Strawberry Music Festival

    Radwimps Performance Dates:

    2019/4/26 @ INTERNATIONAL INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE PARK, Chengdu

    2019/4/28 @ SHANGHAI COMMUNITY SPORTS CLUB, Shangai

     

    RADWIMPS Official Website: https://radwimps.jp

     

    ONE OK ROCK

    ONE OK ROCK has become one of the most popular Japanese rock bands overseas. They recently released their first album in nearly two years Eye of the Storm on February 13, 2019 and have announced a 10-date UK & European tour set to take place throughout May.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/171983

     

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    EYE OF THE STORM UK & EUROPEAN TOUR 2019

    5/8 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz Manchester

    5/10 – London, UK – The Roundhouse

    5/12 – Tilburg, NL – 013 Poppodium

    5/13 – Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk Victoria

    5/14 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys Neue Welt

    5/15 – Warsaw, Poland – Hala Kolo

    5/17 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer

    5/19 – Budapest, Hungary – Dürer Kert

    5/20 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Velky Sal

    5/22 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle

    5/23 – Milan, Italhy – Fabrique

    5/24 – Zurich, Switzerland – X-TRA

    5/26 – Boulogne-Billancourt, France – La Seine Musicale

     

    ONE OK ROCK Official Website:http://www.oneokrock.com

     

    Aimer

    Aimer recently announced that she will head to Asia in June on a 5-date tour entitled Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour. She previously performed in Asia last year alongside amazarashi, but this marks her first ever solo tour thhere. The theme of the tour is “sun and rain” which ties in with the concepts behind her forthcoming albums Sun Dance and Penny Rain.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/185602

     

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    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Taipei

    Date: June 8, 2019 (18:30 OPEN / 19:30 START)

    Venue: Taipei International Convention Center (TICC)

    Price: 3400 / 2800 / 2200 / 1800 TWD

    *The date on which tickets will be released has yet to be announced.

     

    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Hong Kong

    Date: June 14, 2019

    Venue: MacPherson Stadium

    Price: 980 / 780 HKD

    *The date on which tickets will be released has yet to be announced.

     

    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Guangzhou

    Date: June 16, 2019

    Venue: Guangzhou Beilei Theatre

    *The date on which tickets will be released has yet to be announced.

     

    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Shanghai

    Date: June 22, 2019

    Venue: National Convention & Exhibition Center (Shanghai)

    *The date on which tickets will be released has yet to be announced.

     

    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Tokyo

    Date: June 29, 2019 (17:00 OPEN / 18:00 START)

    Venue: TOYKO DOME CITY HALL

    Organisers: agehaspring, aspr

    Support: Sony Music Labels Inc.

    Price: ¥7,500 (Tax Included) + ¥500 drink fee

    Ticket Release Date: May 25, 2019 (*2 tickets max per order)

    Enquiries: DISK GARAGE (050-5533-0888)

     

    Fan Club Pre-Sale Tickets for Tokyo Concert

    Ticket Window: April 17, 2019 at 12:00 – April 24, 2019 at 23:59

    Payment Window: April 26, 2019 at 18:00 – May 7, 2019 at 23:00

     

    Tour Details (Japanese): http://www.aimer-web.jp/news/archive/?504960

     

    suchmos

    Suchmos will release their 3rd studio album THE ANYMAL on March 27, 2019. The rock group are currently knee deep in their 2019 arena tour and are set to perform alongside HYUKOH in Seoul, South Korea in June. Tickets go on sale on April 2 at 12:00 (South Korea time).

     

    ◼︎Information

    THE LIVE Vol.2:Suchmos & HYUKOH
    Date: June 9, 2019

    Venue: Yes24 Live Hall (South Korea)

    Ticket Vendor: http://ticket.yes24.com

    Suchmos Official Website: https://www.suchmos.com

     

    Wednesday Campanella

    It has been announced that Wednesday Campanella will perform at the Second Sky Music Festival at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, California on June 15. This marks Wednesday Campanella’s second time performing at a festival in the US following her appearance at Camp Flog Gnaw in October 2017.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/184064

     

    ◼︎Information

    Second Sky Music Festival

    Date: June 6, 2019

    Festival Website: https://secondskyfest.com/

    Wednesday Campanella Official Website: http://www.wed-camp.com/

     

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    The future looks uncertain as it is right now, so in the meantime let’s find time to do the things we enjoy and stay positive as we get through this together.

     

    ONE OK ROCK

    ONE OK ROCK are set to premiere 6 of their past concerts on YouTube from 2014-2018. They will be the full performances with no cuts and will not be archived, so mark your calendars and be sure to tune in when they drop.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/313887

    ONE OK ROCK’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ONEOKROCKchannel

     

    ARASHI

    ARASHI has posted a full concert taken from his “untitled” tour which ran from November 2017 to January 2018. “Untitled” is the theme of the tour which looked towards ARASHI of the future. The stage set up and incredible performance are absolute must-sees.

     

    ARASHI’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP7Gw_YZAuh4Yg2fcdcuumQ/

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is in the middle of posting 100 videos of her live performances which will be available to watch for a limited time between April 14 to May 17 this year. The videos are being released as a part of the at-home entertainment #ouchiasobi (“Play At Home”) project launched by ASOBISYSTEM, the agency that Kyary is signed to. Now you can have fun too with Kyary by bringing her concerts into your home.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/313974

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/kyarypamyupamyutv

     

    AAA

    AAA’s performance at Saitama Super Arena was a highlight of their 2013 tourーa tour which took them to see 150,000 fans across Japan. The full show is now available to watch on YouTube until April 30, 2020 at 23:59 (JST), so be sure to check it out.

     

    avex’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/avexnetwork/

     

    RADWIMPS

    RADWIMPS have posted some content from their recently-released live DVD and Blu-ray ANTI ANTI GENERATION TOUR 2019 onto their YouTube channel. Feel part of the crowd with the following thrilling performance.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/290378

    RADWIMPS’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/radwimpsstaff/

     

    Taichi Mukai

    Taichi Mukai recently posted a video of his performance of his popular song Reset. The song was written as the first ending theme for the anime series Run with the Wind.

     

    Taichi Mukai’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/0313taichi/

     

    Official HIGE DANdism

    Official HIGE DANdism’s performance of I LOVE… at Pacifico Yokohama, which was held on February 10, 2020 as part of their “Travelers” tour, is available to listen to on Apple Music. This is another one that makes you feel part of the experience.

     

    Apple Music “I LOVE…” Pacifico Yokohama (2020.02.10)

     

    TK from Ling Tosite Sigure

    TK posted a video on his YouTube channel of footage taken from his live performance at Landmark Studio in Yokohama. His live band line-up includes the familiar faces BOBO (Drums) and Sato Honoka (Violin) as well as Yoshida Ichiro Untouchable World (Bass) who was a support member for TK last year, Hiroko Sebu (Piano) who provided her piano playing on TK’s single katharsis from last year, and Masao Watanabe (Cello).

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/178674

    Ling Tosite Sigure’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/sigureSMEJ/

     

    amazarashi

    amazarashi dropped a trailer last year for his live DVD and Blu-ray release Mirai ni Narenakatta Subete no Yoru ni. His self-cover of Long Hope Philiaーthe theme song of the anime film My Hero Academia: Two Heroes and fifth ending theme of the My Hero Academia anime seriesーis a must-see!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/270910

    amazarashi’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/amazarashiSMEJ/

     

    Suchmos

    A live performance of Suchmos’s hugely popular Mint. It features footage backstage from the band’s tours across three years.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/207422

    Suchmos’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ3U5YJLWUr3VmQsO48jcQg/

     

    Superfly

    Here’s a live music video of Superfly’s song Kakusei, the theme for the anime movie Promare. The video uses live footage taken from Superfly’s arena tour which incorporates gorgeous CG imagery.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/288707

    Superfly’s YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/superfly/

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    20.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese visual kei rock band SID will release their new single delete on March 4, 2020.

    The song is used as the second opening theme for season three of the TV anime series The Seven Deadly Sins. The band dropped the full music video today.


    We see a fierce performance from the members on a set that’s like an art exhibition with musical instruments strung in midair.

    SID are set to perform two special live concerts entitled “SID LIVE 2020 -Star Forest-” at Kawaguchiko Stellar Theater in Yamanashi on May 9 and 10. The performance is to be different from any live show the band have done to date.

     

    ©️ Nakaba Suzuki・Kodansha / “The Seven Deadly Sins” Production Committee・TV TOKYO Corporation

  • J-Pop Group Perfume to Open Fashion Pop-Up Shop ‘Perfume Closet’ at Laforet Harajuku

    16.February.2020 | FASHION / MUSIC

    Worldwide famous Japanese pop group Perfume are taking their fashion project “Perfume Closet” to Laforet Harajuku where it will run in a pop-up shop from February 20-26 this year.

     

    Perfume Closet is a fashion project helmed by Perfume which aims to connect with fans through Perfume’s music by making outfits. This is the fourth time Perfume Closet has opened, and will feature a line-up entitled “Perfume Closet 2020SS” which is part of what Perfume are calling “Phase 2,” which started in January this year and centres on clothing. It follows on from “Phase 1” which featured a line-up of miscellaneous items.

    SATIN COMBI TRENCH COAT – ¥49,500 (Tax Included) / FLOWER PLEATS DRESS – ¥44,000 (Tax Included)

    SHEER COMBI KNIT ¥17,600 (Tax Included) / 2 WAY PLEATS SKIRT ¥35,200 (Tax Included)

    RELAX WEAR (LADIES) – ¥16,500 (Tax Included) / PLEATS SLEEVE TEE (WHITE) – ¥9,900 (Tax Included) / SHEER COMBI RELAX PANTS – ¥22,000 (Tax Included)

    The pop-up shop will stock a plethora of items made by the Perfume members, who worked on the designs, chose the materials, and crafted the silhouettes. It includes everything from coats to one pieces, blouses, bottoms, as well as unisex items men can wear too like pants, shirts, and more.

     

    Fans of Perfume and fans of Japanese fashion aren’t going to want to miss out on the new Perfume Closet, open for one week only starting next Thursday!

  • Kenshi Yonezu Releases ‘Paprika’ Song Digitally as 2020 ‘HYPE’ Tour Kicks Off

    02.February.2020 | MUSIC

    Kenshi Yonezu’s song Paprika has become a hit amongst the children of Japan since its release, even taking home the top award at the 61st Kagayaku! Japan Record Awards. Its music video has garnered over 70 million views on YouTube, and tomorrow (February 3) the song will be released digitally.

     

    This version of the song is a “self-cover” in which Yonezu sings. The original version was written and produced by Yonezu but he did not actually sing in it. In July 2018, he announced a new project to cheer on the people of the world in 2020 and beyond. It began with the formation of Foorin, a group of child singers who sang the original Paprikamusic video which Yonezu wrote the lyrics for as well as composed and produced the music. A was released in July 2018 which has amassed over 164 million views (as of January 1, 2020), which features Foorin performing choreography created by Tomohiko Tsujimoto and Koharu Sugawara.

     

    At the end of 2019, Foorin had already performed on numerous music television programmes, and a new group was formed called Foorin team Eーa group of international children who performed Paprika in English. Thus began the worldwide phenomenon of Paprika.

     

    Within just 4 days and 9 hours of its release, Kenshi Yonezu’s self-cover version released on YouTube had already surpassed 10 million views. Now, the self-cover is set to be released digitally on February 3, 2020. The artwork for the digital release was created by Ryu Kato.

     

    Paprika will be used for NHK’s TV and radio program Minna no Uta (“Everybody’s Song”) throughout February and March.

     

    Kenshi Yonezu’s 2020 “HYPE” tour in Japan and Asia has finally kicked off. Find the full schedule below.

  • SID Unveils TV Edit Video and Announces Details on Special Live Performance

    10.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese visual kei rock band SID will release their new single delete on March 4.  

    The song will serve as the new opening theme for the ongoing TV anime series The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods. The TV anime edit music video for the song was revealed on SID’s New Year special live broadcast that was held on YouTube. (SID Shinshun Special Namahaishin! The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods Shin Kūru On Air Start! )

     

    During the live broadcast, SID also revealed the details on their two-day special live performance SID LIVE 2020 -Star Forest- which will take place on May 9 and 10, 2020. As the new performance will show a completely new style to their normal live performances, SID fans just can’t contain their excitement. 

  • SID Drops New Seven Deadly Sins Anime Opening Theme ‘delete’ and Announces Livestream

    07.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese visual kei rock band SID is set to release their new single delete on March 4. The song will serve as the new opening theme for the ongoing TV anime series The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods. As the song is set to feature as the opening theme from January 8, fans cannot contain their excitement. delete will also be released digitally on the same day.

    Releasing the song on digital services on the same day as it debuts in the anime isn’t the only treat SID has in store for their fans. On January 8 at 8 pm, the TV-size edit version of the music video will also premiere on YouTube.

     

    To add to the wonderful news of the advanced release of delete on streaming services and the video release of the episode digest, all band members will be gathering together for the SID New Year special live broadcast which will celebrate the release of the anime’s new season. (SID Shinshun Special Namahaishin! The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods Shin Kūru On Air Start! ). The stream will go live at 18:30 on YouTube straight after the initial anime broadcast. There’s no doubt that the livestream will be a grand-scale festival for fans, connecting viewers in celebration.

    ©️Nakaba Suzuki・Kodansha / “The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods” Production Committee・TV Tokyo Corporation

  • SID Announces Release of Seven Deadly Sins Anime Opening ‘delete’

    26.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese visual kei rock band SID released their new album Shonin Yokkyu in September 2019. With their signature elegant instrumentals and strong identity in the music scene, SID’s new album marks a new chapter in their career and has become very popular. SID recently announced their new song delete, which will be used as the new opening theme for the ongoing TV anime series The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods from January 2020 onward. Now, it has been announced that delete will be released as a single on March 4, 2020. 

    The single will be available in three different formats: First-Press Limited Edition, which will include a CD and a special bonus DVD; Limited Pressing Edition, which comes with an original Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods illustration; and Regular Edition. There are also bonus goods available with the purchase of the single so if you are keen to get your hands on them, you stand a better chance if you reserve one. Fans just can’t contain their excitement for the new anime episodes to come in January. 

     

    ©️Nakaba Suzuki・Kodansha / “The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods” Production Committee・TV Tokyo Corporation

  • SID to Perform The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods’ New Opening Theme ‘delete’

    18.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese visual kei rock band SID released their new album Shonin Yokkyu on September 4, 2019. The four-member band embarked on a tour to promote the record, and at the finale show held at Tokyo International Forum Hall A, they performed their new song delete for the first time which it was announced will be used as the new opening theme for the ongoing TV anime series The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods from January 2020 onward.

    The crowd’s reaction to the song was huge, and excitement only grows as we count the days to hearing it in the anime series.

     

    SID said: “We were given the opportunity to perform the opening theme for The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods. We are honoured to be able to collaborate with an anime that has the world excited. ‘delete’ is a song with a message to those people who want to get rid of their past and present, but also living with strength. We would love it if people came to know about us through the anime series.—SID”

     

    ©️Nakaba Suzuki・Kodansha / “The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods” Production Committee・TV Tokyo Corporation

  • Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Lemon’ Music Video Breaks 500 Million Views On YouTube

    17.December.2019 | MUSIC

    Kenshi Yonezu’s 2018 single Lemon has broken many milestones to date, and today marks yet another etching in history.

    The music video for Lemon officially broke 500 million views on December 17, 2019 at 10:08am (JST), which marks one year and 295 days since it was released on YouTube. Yonezu now holds the record for most viewed Japanese artist on the video platform.

    Photo by Tomokazu Yamada

    Yonezu’s other music videos have also garnered huge views: Uchiage Hanabi is on 327 million, Aine Kuraine is on 236 million, and LOSER is on 228 million (as of December 17, 2019). All nine of his music videos total over 1 billion views (the aforementioned four, orionPeace Sign and Haiiro to Ao (+Masaki Suda), Flamingo, and Paprika), and he has 4.59 million subscribers, making him the most subscribed-to Japanese music artist. His channel also has over 2.4 billion views, and the numbers continue to soar.

    Lemon enjoys yet another year of success following its overwhelming popularity upon its release in 2018. To thank fans for its success, a billboard has been put up at the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station in Tokyo, which reads “Kenshi Yonezu” on the left and “Music Carries On” on the right. It will be up until December 29, 2019.

  • ‘Lemon’ by Kenshi Yonezu the First Song to Lead Billboard Charts in Japan and the U.S. for Two Consecutive Years

    06.December.2019 | MUSIC

    Particularly over the past two years, Kenshi Yonezu has been making history in the charts. His song Lemon was highlighted as song of the year on Billboard JAPAN Hot 100 of the Year 2019 and the U.S Billboard HOT 100 for two consecutive years in a row, making Yonezu the first ever artist to top the Billboard charts for two consecutive years in a row with the same song. 

    Photo by Tomokazu Yamada

    Following the release of Lemon in March 2018, its digital and physical downloads scored ranks in the charts 25 times, pushing Yonezu onwards to continue his streak into 2019 where he saw more no.1s, 3 million downloads on his song Lemon, which set the record for fastest downloaded song in Japan, and now almost half a billion views on the official music video for LemonThe song’s overwhelming popularity even scored it no.1 in Japan’s karaoke rankings where it reigned for a whole 85 weeks: the longest of any song. 

     Yonezu dominated the Billboard JAPAN Hot 100 of the Year 2019 download rankings for two consecutive years in a row and four of his ten songs made it onto the charts, including Lemon at no.1, Uma to Shika at no.5, Machigai Sagashi at no.6 (performed by Masaki Suda, written by Yonezu) and Paprika at no.7 (performed by Foorin, written by Yonezu). His achievements even stretch to producing and he is loved by children and adults in Japan alike. 

  • Kenshi Yonezu-Produced Foorin team E Releases Paprika English Ver. Music Video and Song Worldwide

    02.December.2019 | MUSIC

    Aiming to cheer everybody on in the runup to 2020 and beyond, Kenshi Yonezu formed two music groups consisting of young children called Foorin and Foorin team E to perform the Japanese and English versions of his song Paprika respectively as part of an ongoing music project. 

     

    Foorin team E “Paprika” Dance Video

    Check out the English version of Paprika performed by Foorin team E on YouTube. 

    Paprika was dropped on digital services worldwide on December 2. Paprika will also be released on CD in First-Press Edition and Regular Edition copies on January 22 in Japan. The First-Press Edition comes in a seven-inch jacket containing the lyrics on a displayable card, a DVD of the music video and origami paper. There is also the chance to get your hands on a bonus Paprika dream magnet which will be in limited availability at selected music shops in Japan. Information on places to purchase will be revealed in the near future. The illustration for the CD jacket was created by Ryu Kato, who also created the illustrations used in the music video for Kenshi Yonezu’s cover of Paprika and the illustrations for the jacket of Foorin’s version of Paprika.  

     

    As is the case with the Japanese version of Paprika, the royalties generated by Yonezu from the release of the English version of Paprika and its secondary usage will be donated to Independent Administrative Corporations and Japanese sports foundations in order to assist athletes of the future generations.  

    Photo by Takako Noel

    Paprika is working up a sensation throughout Japan as a break-through kid’s song. When Foorin released Paprika in 2018, the dance music video was viewed over 140 million times on YouTube and Paprika-related videos on NHK’s website generated over 260 million views. The song’s lyrics and music writer and producer Kenshi Yonezu even released his own cover of Paprika earlier this year in August. In just four days and nine hours since its upload, the cover was viewed over 10 million times, which is the fastest record for any of Yonezu’s music videos. Now the video has over 50 million views and is loved by people of all generations. 

     

    Yonezu’s projects are propelling forward full steam ahead. Who knows what he’s got next up his sleeve?

  • Kenshi Yonezu To Release English Version of ‘Paprika’ with English-Speaking Children

    15.November.2019 | MUSIC

    Foorin is a music unit made up of elementary school children with music and lyrics produced entirely by Kenshi Yonezu. Their single Paprika was released on August 15, 2018. Following auditions for native English-speaking children, Yonezu formed Foorin team E to create an English version of Paprika

    Since the debut of Foorin’s song and dance video in 2018, the song appeared in collaboration with NHK Educational TV and has made multiple appearances in events across Japan, adding a sprinkle of fun to the lives of Japanese children. It has become one of the most phenomenal kid’s songs of the century. 

    Yonezu’s cover of the song became an instant hit among people of all generations and was well-received overseas. With a desire to make singing and dancing to Paprika more of a global sensation, he set about creating an English version of the song with native English-speaking children.

    Foorin team E consists of main vocalists Jasmine (10) and Corban (8) and chorus and dancers Len (12), Evangeline (12) and Clara (6).

    Foorin team E’s first-ever performance of Paprika will take place at ABU TV Song Festival in Tokyo on November 19 at NHK Hall and they will also perform alongside Foorin for the first time at Japan’s 70th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen. 

     

    Get together with your family and younger siblings to enjoy two exciting versions of this cheerful song.

     

    Foorin Artist Photo by Taro Mizutani

    Kenshi Yonezu Artist Photo by Tomokazu Yamada

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